ISLAMABAD: In a recent development, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has found itself entangled in a potential scam as a cinema plot was reportedly transferred in clear violation of established rules and regulations.
According to sources, several decades ago, the CDA had allocated a subsidized plot (Plot Number 6) for a cinema in Sitara Market, G-7 Markaz.
Initially, the plot’s allottee operated the Kohsar Cinema on the premises until the early 2000s.
However, over time, the property was allegedly repurposed for commercial activities, with numerous shops being constructed on the site, flagrantly violating the terms and conditions of the original allotment letter.
The sources have also disclosed that officials from the CDA’s Building Control Directorate and Estate Wing recently oversaw the property’s transfer, despite its non-conforming use.
Upon learning of this matter, CDA Chairman Anwarul Haq promptly ordered an inquiry into the situation.
Typically, a commercial property cannot be transferred without a Non-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Building Control Section (BCS) and a No Demand Certificate (NDC) issued by Estate Management.
However, in this particular instance, the concerned department seemingly neglected to address the non-conforming use issue before approving the property transfer.
An unnamed official remarked, “Despite the presence of around three dozen commercial shops, the alleged corrupt elements did not take any action to rectify these blatant violations.”
In response to this revelation, CDA Chief Anwarul Haq established a five-member committee, headed by Director General Works Habibullah Sheikh, to launch an official investigation into the matter.
Another CDA official expressed astonishment at the situation, highlighting the stark contrast between how minor infractions are rigorously pursued by the BCS in small residential properties while substantial irregularities, in this case, went unnoticed.
Besides, the official suggested that the matter should be escalated to involve the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for a comprehensive probe.